One of television’s most-loved comedies, “The Big Bang Theory,” might be nearing its end if some reports are to be believed.
Season 11 of the hit CBS comedy is currently airing, and the show has also scored a go at Season 12, but after that the show might wrap up.
The comedy, which also stars Indian American actor Kunal Nayyar, is reportedly facing a ratings crisis which has been exacerbated by the cast members’ inflated egos.
Radar Online reports that “The Big Bang Theory” may be on “its last legs” with “massive egos, raging jealousy and ugly backbiting tearing the show apart.”
“Many of the cast members have gotten swelled heads, and some of the other actors aren’t happy about it,” a source told the new site.
Sources at the show and CBS also told Radar the series will end after season 12 as some cast members are itching to get out — despite their million-dollars-an-episode paychecks.
Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper, has got himself a gig on “The Big Bang Theory” spin-off, “Young Sheldon,” on which he serves as a narrator, and this has reportedly annoyed his co-stars Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, who portray Penny and Leonard Hofstadter, respectively.
Galecki is reportedly “silently simmering” over Parson’s status as TV’s highest paid star — with a whopping $27.5 million a year.
This news might have come as a shock for those fans who were convinced that the stars shared a warm off-screen camaraderie, a proof of which was the pay cut that some took to help others get a raise.
In March 2017, the original cast members on the show – Parsons, Galecki, Cuoco, Nayyar, and Simon Helberg – made the extraordinary gesture of taking a small pay cut to free up money for raises for Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch,
“The Big Bang Theory” Season 11 returns to CBS Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The new episode is titled, “The Matrimonial Metric,” in which, in order to discover who would be most qualified to be best man and maid of honor at their wedding, Sheldon and Amy subject their friends to a series of secret experiments.